Use a screen reader with your phone for audio in a meeting or live event in Microsoft Teams

This article is for people with visual impairments who use a screen reader program with the Office products and is part of the Office Accessibility content set. For more general help, see Office Support home.

Use your keyboard and a screen reader to use your phone for audio in a Microsoft Teams meeting or live event. We have tested it with JAWS and NVDA, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques. You can have the audio of a meeting or live event played back through your phone while your device screen continues to show the visual content.

Notes: 

  • New Microsoft 365 features are released gradually to Microsoft 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • To learn more about screen readers, go to How screen readers work with Microsoft Office.

  • Recent versions of JAWS no longer have the virtual PC cursor mode set as default for Microsoft Teams. For instructions on how to switch the virtual PC cursor mode on, go to Enable the JAWS virtual cursor.

  • To quickly access the keyboard shortcuts list from within Microsoft Teams, press Ctrl+E, type the forward slash character followed by the word keys, and then press Enter.

Use phone audio in a Teams meeting or live event

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams meeting or live event you wish to join.

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear "Other join options, tool bar," then press the Right arrow key until you hear "Join with phone audio," and press Enter.

  3. Press the Tab key until you hear "Enter your number, edit." Type your phone number, then press the Tab key until you hear "Call me." Press Enter to have the Microsoft Teams meeting service call you.

  4. Answer your phone and follow the guidance given to you by the Microsoft Teams meeting service in order to be redirected to the meeting.

See also

Use a screen reader to join a meeting in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

Use your keyboard and VoiceOver, the built-in macOS screen reader, to use your phone for audio in a Microsoft Teams meeting or live event.

Notes: 

  • New Microsoft 365 features are released gradually to Microsoft 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in macOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, go to VoiceOver Getting Started Guide.

Use phone audio in a Teams meeting or live event

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams meeting or live event you wish to join.

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear "Phone audio," and press Return.

  3. You'll hear: "Enter your number and we'll call you." Type your phone number, then press the Tab key until you hear "Call me." Press Return to have the Microsoft Teams meeting service call you.

  4. Answer your phone and follow the guidance given to you by the Microsoft Teams meeting service in order to be redirected to the meeting.

See also

Use a screen reader to join a meeting in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

Use your keyboard and a screen reader to use your phone for audio in a Microsoft Teams meeting or live event. We have tested it with JAWS and NVDA, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques.

Notes: 

  • New Microsoft 365 features are released gradually to Microsoft 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • To learn more about screen readers, go to How screen readers work with Microsoft Office.

  • Recent versions of JAWS no longer have the virtual PC cursor mode set as default for Microsoft Teams. For instructions on how to switch the virtual PC cursor mode on, go to Enable the JAWS virtual cursor.

  • To quickly access the keyboard shortcuts list from within Microsoft Teams, press Ctrl+E, type the forward slash character followed by the word keys, and then press Enter.

Use phone audio in a Teams meeting or live event

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams meeting or live event you wish to join.

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear "Phone audio," and press Enter.

  3. You'll hear: "Enter your number and we'll call you." Type your phone number, then press the Tab key until you hear "Call me." Press Enter to have the Microsoft Teams meeting service call you.

  4. Answer your phone and follow the guidance given to you by the Microsoft Teams meeting service in order to be redirected to the meeting.

See also

Use a screen reader to join a meeting in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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